In English, the Devil’s Cellar.
I first heard about this wine, when I was a child and saw and advertisement on TV. It told the story of the name was chosen. It had dark, mysterious effects and it was neatly narrated, to the point that I can still recall the voice and the story.
According to the legend, about 130 years ago, the wine in the cellar was disappearing. And this was odd because they were kept under lock and the special security of the time. Yet the delicate wine, which’s grapes are handpicked even at the present day and process with detailed care, kept on going missing. That is when the he started the rumor than in his underground cellar, that dark and humid place where this ruby drink was kept, there lived the Devil. The rumor was spread with such dexterity that people became extremely fearful, and such was the neurosis that there is people who even claimed to have seen the Devil. The rumors remained and but not the thefts.
To be honest, I can understand why would people want to steal this wine, it is extraordinary.
It is Frontera’s Cousin. They are both produced by Concha y Toro. While the white one, is a ballerina, this magnificent merlot feels like a pianist. Looking at it in the store, it is like looking the poster to a magnificent string concert. It is there, you want it, you take, you have the tickets. You take it home and open it, you have just entered the concert hall. You sit and admire the details, even without knowing about corks, you can see it was carefully chosen. The dark ruby liquid shines and soft pleasant smell is placed in position. It is ready to start playing. It is secure and self-confident, it isn’t very talkative and does not give a long introduction, but it knows what it is doing. The notes invade your mouth; it takes over your tongue and each of your buds. Its melodic tannin dances a well-balance rhythm. Its fruitiness and sourness combine in perfect equilibrium leaving you with a satisfying sensation. You stand up for applauses and you just have to get another sip.
Style: Light – Medium
[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]
[Found in: Carrefour, 7-11]
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